Blanco may soon see more playing time

Blanco may soon see more playing time

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gregor Blanco received his fourth start of the season on Wednesday night. He might not have to wait much longer for his fifth.

Hoping that a certain player or a combination of Giants can stimulate the offense, Bochy placed Blanco in right field and in the leadoff spot for the second game of the series against the Miami Marlins. Blanco, the Spring Training sensation who began the game hitting .217, helped his cause by lining a pinch-hit double in Tuesday night's eighth inning.

"I'd like to get him some at-bats and see what we can do," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who observed that Blanco's presence atop the batting order "lengthened" the rest of the order, even with Buster Posey receiving a rest. Pablo Sandoval, who batted third in San Francisco's first 23 games, occupied the cleanup spot, preceded by the fleet trio of Blanco, Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera.

"When you're struggling, the one thing that shows up every night is speed," Bochy said.

Blanco's presence forced right fielder Nate Schierholtz to the bench. Schierholtz earned playing time by going 6-for-10 in the April 23 doubleheader at New York. Since then, he's 1-for-21 in seven games, dropping his batting average from .372 to .266.

"It's fair to say that Nate, since New York, is trying to find his swing," Bochy said.